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Weekly Wine – Southern Blend

2 Nov

1102tocsmTwo Oceans Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
South Africa
13.5% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

The label of this wine screams quality.
It looks elegant. It looks sophisticated. It looks like it costs more than ten bucks.
Well it tastes like ten bucks. Perhaps a bit more – but not much more.
It is an okay wine – a bit unrefined, a bit raw, a bit sour.
The acidity is noticeable as are the sulphites. There is a nice cherry flavour but that is whisked away by the sourness and acidity. Are they sour cherries? Not sure.
This wine has a pleasant body that is not too heavy so perhaps that’s what brings out the sourness and acidity. The medium body and acidity actually work well on a warm evening so this is why this wine presents me with a quandary.
Is it a great wine? No.
Is it OK? Yeah… I guess so.
Would I buy it again? Probably.

Weekly Wine – Southern Pinot Grigio

5 Oct

1005topgTwo Oceans Pinot Grigio
South Africa
12.5% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

The first impressions with this wine is that it is quite acidic. It is not overly acidic but that is the first impression that I got and the first words that I wrote.
It is a very lightly coloured wine – think diluted apple juice to the point where you basically have no apple juice flavour.
Now for the second swig of wine.
This wine has flavour. Buckets of it. It is acidic but it is crisp it is sharp. The flavours are exotic (as they should be this is South African) with a citrus melange and I’d like to say apples but they are not apples. I’m probably just thinking of apples. It is a nice flavour is what I’m getting at and there is absolutely no after taste.
This wine needs to be well chilled – as it is warming up it is getting a bit more sour. Or maybe it is just getting tart. The McIntosh apple flavour being replaced by Granny Smith.
I must have apples on my mind.

Weekly Wine – Southern Shiraz

14 Sep

0914toshirazTwo Oceans Shiraz
14% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

I didn’t like the first sip of this wine.
It was heavy and hit me like a ton of bricks.
It was sharp and cut my palate brusquely. My tongue was on fire.
I have to explain that I was working all day ripping apart my office/studio – cleaning every nook and cranny.
This shiraz was not what the doctor ordered.
However – I persisted in drinking this wine and was greatly rewarded.
Yes, it is spicy and harsh and full bodied – but it is a nice raw experience. An assault on the senses. It is saying – I might be inexpensive but taste the glory that I am. The flavour is simple and sublime and is in fact hidden by the sharpness of the wine.
No matter.
I have gone from not much liking this wine to contemplating this as a go to wine for the winter months in a mere two-and-a-half glasses.
Well done for this wine.

Weekly Wine –Two Oceans SB

2 Mar


Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc
South Africa
13% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

If you look closely at the label on this wine bottle you will notice that there are these printed squiggles on the scene of the land jutting into the sea. When the light hits the bottle just right they will jump out. Otherwise they are fairly muted.
I write this because I am really at a loss for words on this wine. It is a nice, light, classy white wine. It doesn’t really stand out though.
It is OK.
Just OK.
I am trying to muster the muscles and the senses that will give me something about this wine that but the simple OK. There are hints of fruits and berries but they are very muted and not meant to stand out or offend. The label recommends, “Great with: Thai dishes, chicken, grilled fish, shellfish and nuts.” I look in my kitchen and see I’m out of luck in these categories. Will a can of tuna do? Should I order Thai?
This wine is OK, spectacularly OK.